Let’s admit it, a simple grilled cheese sandwich is an ideal recipe for winter rather than for bikini body preparation. But I’m staying true to myself, I’m the kind of person who would gladly eat Raclette in the middle of July. For a good grilled cheese, the key for me isn’t the complexity of flavours but rather the quality of ingredients being used to make it: we skimp neither on the cheese mix nor on some fresh and generous sourdough bread, ideally with a lot of soft dough inside – that’s how I like it. This time, I preferred to rely on the competitive Hausbrot from Zeit für Brot – for those who know it in Berlin -, mostly because I was lacking of time to bake my own but also to be sure that I would be totally satisfied with the final result of my grilled cheese sandwiches.
When I was mentioning the simplicity of the recipe, this one is still a bit different from the “classic” one and is even vegetarian. I decided to add some lamb lettuce and honey caramelised onions to stay in the easy recipe category while getting a very satisfying version of it. If you don’t want to grill yours in a pan with butter, you can simply grill it in a toaster until cheeses are completely melted. The final result might slightly differ from the frying-pan one though.
Be creative and try with other types of cheeses, there is no specific rules, but mountain cheeses like raclette surely do wonders, as well as good old Cheddar, which is a basic for grilled cheese sandwich.
- 2 big sourdough bread slices
- 1/2 onion
- 1tsp honey
- 30g grated cheddar
- 30g grated mountain cheese - like Raclette
- 15g grated parmesan
- One handful of lamb lettuce
- Salt & pepper
- 1. On medium heat, melt a knob of butter in a fryind-pan and add minced onion. Season well and cook for a few minutes until soft. Add honey, stir well and cook for 2 more minutes. Keep aside.
- 2. Mix the grated cheeses together. Butter every slice of bread on one side, then cut them in two in the middle of the length. Put two halves on your working surface, buttered sides downwards.
- 3. Add on each half some honey caramelised onions, grated cheese mix, then a bit of lamb lettuce, then again some cheese if you still have some. Close sandwiches with the two remaining slice halves, buttered sides upwards.
- 4. Put the grilled cheese sandwiches in a hot pan, tamp them a bit while taking care of not putting fillings everywhere around, then grill each side for about 4 minutes, until crispy and golden. The cheeses should melt too. Eat warm.